Is the country ready for an openly gay professional athlete?Last week that question was posed across numerous sports media outlets, both nationally and locally. In my mind, the answer is yes. Without a doubt. If an athlete -- most likely a male playing in one of the four major team sports -- were to "come out," I think there would be relatively little backlash. Although I've got very real concerns about zealots on either side of the issue, I'd like to think we, as a modern society, are more than ready for something -- or more specifically, someone -- different.